Newswire: R.I.P. Michael Herr, Dispatches author and Full Metal Jacket screenwriter
According to The Hollywood Reporter, author, screenwriter, and war correspondent Michael Herr has died, with the report citing “a long illness.” Herr was 76.
Herr was born in New York in 1940 and spent most of his formative years traveling around and writing for various magazines. In the ‘60s, Esquire sent him to cover the war in Vietnam and write monthly column. Instead, he began collecting material for a book that would eventually become Dispatches, a memoir of his time in Vietnam that’s widely regarded as one of the greatest non-fiction books of all time and essential reading for anyone interested in the Vietnam war.
Though Herr himself didn’t care for fame all that much, Dispatches was a hit, and among its many fans was legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick. Apparently, Kubrick was so impressed with Dispatches that he specifically sought out Herr so he could talk to him …